What can a sick patient exam help with?
Sick patient exams allow our vets to examine your pet whenever they are ill or injured, to diagnose the issue and prepare a treatment plan. Our experienced vets are equipped to deal with anything from vomiting and diarrhea to a limping pet, cut paw, or other concerning signs such as lethargy or labored breathing.
What happens during a sick patient exam?
During a sick patient exam, our vet will spend time examining your pet and discussing their history with you. Depending on the issue, they may recommend additional testing to confirm the diagnosis, such as bloodwork, fecal testing, urinalysis, x-rays or ultrasounds, amongst other things.
Once the problem has been diagnosed, we’ll recommend a treatment plan for your pet to get them back to full health as quickly as possible, and if relevant, recommend steps you can take to avoid the issue occurring again.
We’ll always discuss your options and any costs before proceeding with tests or treatment, and will provide thorough discharge notes after your exam as a reminder of everything you spoke about, plus details on your pet’s treatment plan.
Cat & Dog Sick Patient Exam FAQs
How do I know if my pet is sick? Do I need to come in for an exam?
Sometimes it’s tricky to know whether a problem requires an in-person exam. Through our members-only app, our medical team can provide unlimited advice free of charge, 24/7, letting you know whether you should bring your pet in to be seen, or if it’s something you can safely treat at home. We’ll advise what care to provide your pet, any over-the-counter medications you can give them, and warning signs to watch out for.
How much will a sick patient exam cost? Is it covered in my membership plan?
Sick patient exams are $99. If you’re a Premium member, two exams are included in your membership plan each year; these are typically used for wellness exams, but if you prefer, you can choose to use them for sick patient exams.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes, we accept all forms of pet insurance.
What happens next? Does my pet need a follow-up appointment?
Depending on the issue, additional testing may be required, or the vet may be able to prescribe a treatment plan immediately. Follow-up visits may or may not be required. Our vets will always discuss your options and any costs before proceeding with tests or treatment, and will provide thorough discharge notes after your exam as a reminder of what you spoke about, plus details on your pet’s treatment plan.